With ongoing efforts to help families affected by typhoon Yolanda, it has been difficult to go out there and just do your usual marketing routine. It appears as insensitive to the current situation based on the feedback and notes I have seen from social media connections.
However, I noticed that my training partner in the Certified Blog and Social Media Entrepreneur Program, eLearning Edge, had its Mobile Festival event yesterday at SMX. Judging from the photos posted on Twitter, it had numerous participants. Their promotion of the Certified Digital Marketer Program never stopped and even had a good class turnout.
This has strengthen my belief that the Filipinos are truly resilient. We don’t let tragedies affect our daily lives and try to move on quickly and return to normal as fast as possible.
I guess it is possible all canceled Christmas parties will likely have a scaled-down version. A simple dinner to celebrate the occasion, perhaps?
Last Sunday, I got the chance to join the Sante Barley Domination Run at Aseana City in Paranaque, Metro Manila. It was like any ordinary run I attended in the past where people are gathered to challenge themselves and attempt to set a personal record.
It was my 2nd 10k run for the year. I’m sure there are those who joined the run dedicating it to the families affected by the typhoon.
Prior to Manny Pacquiao’s fight in Macau yesterday, there was a lot of doubts whether he still has “it”. He did win, eventually. And a lot of people rejoiced. Admittedly, from my social media connections, the online celebration was not like how it was before. Similar to the Miss Universe candidate who bagged one of the runner-up slots, the Manny Pacquiao fight didn’t had the same buzz as it used to have.
Perhaps, some of us have already moved on. While there are some who may still be hurting or partly unsure, one way or another. I got the chance to visit several of the affected areas in Bohol and Cebu where the strong earthquake struck in October. Then later, the typhoon Yolanda hit areas of Tacloban and Boracay. I recall checking and spending two whole days in social media just to see if those I met in my past events are ok. I am thankful that most of them are.
On December 1 and 2, I will be visiting Boracay for my E-Commerce Creators Boot Camp, which was rescheduled due to the recent supertyphoon. At first, I thought it will be cancelled. But surprisingly, registered participants want to do it and pursue their learning. Life moves on indeed.